UEA head negotiator addresses House Taxes Committee

Societies that thrive in the future will not do so by trimming their support for the life of the mind.  Minnesota needs to compete.

Editor's note: Here are the unabridged remarks of UEA-Duluth's head negotiator, David Schimpf, to the Minnesota House Taxes Committee, which were made on Feb. 27, 2013.

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Four reminders about medical benefits

UEA Benefits Advisory Representative Jennifer Schultz

1. Reminder to take your wellness assessment by the Feb. 28 deadline to receive your wellness points

2. You have until March 31, 2013 to submit your 2012 claims for reimbursement from your flexible spending accounts (for medical claims incurred Jan. 1, 2012 through March 15, 2013).

3. The 2012 UPlan medical average employee premium contribution rates increased 28.6% from 2011. The University's premium contribution decreased by 4% from 2011 to 2012.

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A plea for the faculty: Maintaining our priorities during challenging budget times

UEA President: Michael Pfau

When any institution falls on hard budget times, there is inevitably a great deal of apprehension, fear and worry, and ultimately there is no escaping the need to make painful choices.  When budgets contract, we will need to sacrifice some valuable programs, positions and persons.  From my perspective, the question becomes one of priorities.

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UEA launches new Facebook group

Major budget challenges, changes in the campus governance systems and declining student enrollments nationwide mean there has never been a more important time for all of us as union members to be vocal and to be united.

In an effort to build a stronger community, the UEA-Duluth Executive Committee has decided to experiment with the launch of a new, closed Facebook group that is available to all UEA-D members as well as fair share fee payers.

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